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Identifying Personal Core Values (C.

Carpenter, Southern Adventist University)


Core values are governing principles that help you make rational decisions consistently.
If you compromise any of your core values you will find it becomes easy to disregard your entire
values system. Therefore, you should only deviate from your values system if you have
identified that one of the values is no longer applicable or needs to be altered.

Step One
The first step in identifying your core values is defining your identity; including your strengths,
weaknesses, preferences and long-term ambitions. When you understand who you are and where
you are going it is easier to identify the governing principles that will help you reach your
destination. A person with nothing to achieve is certain to achieve it.
In taking this first step of defining your identity, answer the following questions:
What are my most redeeming qualities?
What are my weaknesses?
What am I doing to network and build alliances?
What do I enjoy most?
How can I shape my career goals around what I enjoy?
What is one accomplishment I must make in my life?
How could I correct or compensate for my weaknesses to ensure accomplishment of
my long-term goals?

Step Two
The second step in identifying your core values is defining your destiny. Your destiny will be
determined by daily choices and the long-term goals you set. Once you have identified the one
accomplishment you most want to make, you need to start mapping a life plan that will get you
there. Answering the following questions is a good start:

What previous experiences or education will help me arrive at my desired destination?


How can my current academic situation help to lead me to my desired destination?
What will my life look like when I have arrived at my destination?
Who can assist me on my journey?
What kind of people will I spend time with when I have arrived?
How will I know when Ive arrived?

The Final Step


The final step is to define the values that will help you make the right decisions along the
journey. When we have solid core values that govern our decision making; we become more
judicial. As a result, we are able to align our values and actions in times of crisis and change;
giving us an edge over most other people.
Answer the following questions as you begin considering your personal core values:

What are my moral absolutes?


How do I define right from wrong?
How would I define ethics as it relates to work?
What values will help me build strong relationships?

Source: http://www.charlesspeaks.com/articles/5ValuesforLifelongSuccess.asp (Used by Permission)

Assignment:
Work through the assigned materials and create statements of your top 5 personal values. Use
the above format as a model for your completed statements.

Identifying Personal Core Values


Use this worksheet to write answers to the questions that are found on page 1.
Step One
(1) What are my most redeeming qualities?
(2) What are my weaknesses?
(3) What am I doing to network and build alliances?
(4) What do I enjoy most?
(5) How can I shape my career goals around what I enjoy?
(6) What is one accomplishment I must make in my life?
(7) How could I correct or compensate for my weaknesses to ensure accomplishment of my
long-term goals?
(8) How does my faith shape my sense of identity?

Step Two
(1) What previous experiences or education will help me arrive at my desired destination?
(2) How can my present job situation serve as a steppingstone toward my destination?
(3) What will a perfect day look like when I have arrived at my destination?
(4) Who might assist me on my journey?
(5) What kind of people will I spend time with when I have arrived?
(6) In five or less sentences; how will I know when Ive arrived?
(7) How does my faith shape my destiny?
Step Three
(1) What are my moral absolutes?
(2) How do I define right from wrong?
(3) How would I define my work ethics?
(4) What values will help me build strong relationships?

Personal Values Questionnaire


The following is a list (obviously not inclusive) of items often identified as personal
values. You may add items if your values are not listed.
Rating system:
1 = very important; 2 = important; 3 = somewhat important;
4 = not important; 5 = definitely not important
1. Fairness
2. Honesty
3. Tolerance
4. Courage
5. Integrity
6. Forgiveness
7. Peace
8. Environment
9. Challenge
10. Self-Acceptance, Self-Respect
11. Knowledge
12. Adventure
13. Creativity
14. Personal Growth
15. Inner Harmony
16. Spiritual Growth
17. Belonging, Connected
18. Diplomacy
19. Teamwork
20. Helping
21. Communication
22. Friendship
23. Consensus
24. Respectfulness
25. Tradition

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28. Neatness
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31. Rationality
32. Health
33. Pleasure, Play
34. Excellence
35. Prosperity
36. Family
37. Appearance
38. Intimacy
39. Beauty, Good looks
40. Community
41. Competence
42. Achievement
43. God
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45. Recognition
46. Authority
47. Power
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50. Persistence

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Please review your work and select the items that represent your personal core
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